Have you read the headlines that the incidence of oropharyngeal cancer in men has outpaced the incidence of cervical cancer in women? Further, that the prevalence of oropharyngeal cancer in men has doubled over the past 20 years? All true. But the headlines make the situation appear more dire than it currently is. However, without action, the situation could eventually become a dire public health threat. There is an important role for women’s reproductive health providers to play in containing the threat of an epidemic of HPV-related throat cancer.
“The presence of viruses in semen is probably more widespread than currently appreciated,” say researchers Alex Salam and Peter Horby. In response to the recent discovery that semen could carry and transmit Zika virus, the two researchers conducted a literature review to learn whether other infections could be transmitted through sexual intercourse even though they had not been considered to be STIs.
Because the testes, vas deferens, and epididymis offer only imperfect blood barriers, it may just be that the male reproductive tract can be frequently seeded when a man experiences a viremia.
Abstinence is making your role as a provider harder. Yes, it can be an effective method to prevent pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. But as you well know, the pivotal word in that statement is can. What you may be less aware of—though affected by—is that the effort and funding spent on abstinence programs are undermining comprehensive education programs that are proven to promote positive reproductive health behaviors. Washington DC is cutting millions of dollars in funding for programs proven to prevent teen pregnancy and adding millions into abstinence programs proven not to work.
The “Contraceptive Technology” conferences will help you synthesize the data and translate the evidence into clinical “pearls” you can put directly into practice. With an array of Preconferences delving into selected specialty areas of interest, plenary sessions focusing on the “hottest” topics, a thought-provoking luncheon presentation, and 30 dynamic, interactive Concurrent Sessions, including hands-on workshops…this conference is certain to improve your clinical practice and expand your network of colleagues. Read more